Fall of Berlin Wall: How 1989 Reshaped the Modern World
Many events change the face of the world by millions of people being affected or the economy crashing due to it. It could be a catastrophe or carnage that leads to such a state, but its impact would be different in every region. No one could ever forget the date 9/11 for the event that shook the entire world; many countries have been through such episodes in the past. Most of them tend to be forgotten as time passes, but some of them leave a mark so deep and unmatchable that it becomes a part of history. Fall of the Berlin Wall was one such event that reshaped the city’s structure.
There have been several claims about the cause of the event, among which, some even turned out to be completely paradoxical. The real reason for the fall is being discussed even today that the revolution is still being considered as the cause for the collapse of the Soviet-led communist bloc, further leading to the formation of new world order.
Reason for the Collapse of the Wall
The Berlin Wall was the monolithic piece that divided West Germany from East Germany. Communism thrived in the latter region, and it was a protest led by many of the people from these groups that led to the collapse of the wall. Five days after the group approached the wall, on 9 November 1989, the Berlin Wall crumbled. The East Germans loosened the borders as an attempt to calm the mounting protestors. Although the authorities had no intention to open the border completely, it did happen in the process and made travel for East Germans easier. The changes brought in many major repercussions which were initially tried to be circumvented.
New rules were printed on as notes and handed over to a spokesman, Gunter Schabowski. He failed to read it before letting it out to the press, and he read it aloud during the press conference to leave the reporters stunned. East Germans ran to the border to create huge flocks after listening to the shocking news on televisions. Borders were opened, leading to a huge clamor and people climbing the wall. This further led to the chipping away of the wall’s portions with pickaxes and hammers. The collapse of the wall was what all that culminated in.
The Revolutionary Wave
Mr Gorbachev and the US President George Bush had discussions on 3 December and stated that the Cold War wasn’t far. The revolutions happening that year were high in number, and the wave continued all through the year with the fall of the wall turning out to be the spur for many such activities. A year later, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia voted out of their communist governments by taking advantage of the newly-found political freedoms. Although movements towards independence were made, the Soviet Union tried to reform its falling reputation, which led to an ill fate. That year witnessed the last flutter of the Soviet flag as the democracy took over the country.
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